The hen is at the end of her full month of brooding her eggs and any day the first chick will hatch out!
OK, about the rabbit.
If I see a freshly killed rabbit, squirrel, or snake, rather than having it go to waste, being continually run over by automobiles, which killed them to begin with, I will grab it up and deliver it near the nest site.
This rabbit was a fresh kill and within 2 hours of delivering it to the nest site, it was gone. DeAnn who lives across the lane from the nest, has a cat. Her cat killed a Chipmunk, but does not eat them. So...I also delivered the Chippy and it to was taken up very quickly. On the good side...nothing is wasted and, the hawks may not have to make a killing on these days~
Several years ago, I learned the hard way, that without some kind of human intervention, many times the young chicks are taken by Raccoons. I came up with an idea, that has really worked out very well. I use aluminum pending and wrap the nest tree trunk, as well as any trees whose branches can touch the nest tree. It is a most stressful time for me, but after so many years of doing this, I pretty much know the plan and the timing so that my actions have never caused the hawks to abandon the nest~
The hen flew in just as I arrived to check on the nest. Soon she will spend more time off of the nest, as the chicks arrive and the weather warms and that should be a nice time to get some nice captures. Here is hoping that this nest is successful, as both attempts last year failed for this pair~
We saw our first Gray Rat Snake of the season last week. This is another one of the nice reasons for having hawks around for, they love these guys~
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Three years ago this past Spring, I had been thinking about my passion for Red-Shouldered Hawks and wondered if anyone else felt the same way. I simply typed in the words on "google.com" Love of Red-Shouldered Hawks and one name came up. Vickie Henderson. Since then, we became friends and I admire her passion for many birds, her creative genius in being able to draw and use watercolur medium to show their beauty. She is also a very creative writer, author and when she recently shared about her newest book. I had to have a copy. It is a small book, yet with wonderful watercolours and drawings and writings about her season with a pair of theses beautiful Raptors. I appreciate Vickie very much, for without her encouragement, I would never have known, any of you and now that so many have become so special in my life, that would be a miserable thought, for you are all very special. Congratulations Vickie, well done~